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Fortnite v9.30 Content Update #3 Patch Notes – Air Strike and more

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The Fortnite v9.30 Content Update #3 is now live on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. This update brings the new Air Strike to Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode!

With Season 9 quickly coming to a close, Epic Games has released a third v9.30 Content Update with a variety of new additions.

Most notably, the new ‘Air Strike’ item was added in the third v9.30 Content Update, which allows players to throw a canister at a certain location and receive air support from above.

A handful of other changes occurred with the Content Update in Battle Royale, along with Save The World and Fortnite Creative.

Some community members wished that the update brought a bit more to Fortnite, however, it is unknown what Epic Games plan to do for the beginning of Season 10 in a couple of weeks.

Check out the full Patch Notes blog post from Epic Games below…

BATTLE ROYALE

WHAT’S NEW?

Air Strike
Throw this down to get help from above!

LIMITED TIME MODE ROTATION:

  • High Explosives Squads
    • Battle Royale with Explosive weapons only! ‘Splode all of the enemies back to the lobby to earn the Victory Royale!
  • Sneaky Silencers Solo
    • Nighttime fighting with silenced weapons.
  • Classic Squads
    • Classic Battle Royale with only weapons and items from Seasons one and two.
  • Solid Gold Duos
    • Fight to the finish using Legendary weapons!
  • Catch Squads
    • In this mode, all guns have been removed. The only weapons are grenades and other items that can be thrown or tossed.
  • Blitz Squads
    • Drop into this fast-paced Limited Time Mode! You’d better keep moving because the Storm never does.

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Air Strike
    • A thrown canister of colored smoke that calls in a flurry of missiles from above.
    • Once the canister comes to rest, missiles will spawn after a short delay.
    • Missiles spawn about 120 meters above the smoke canister.
    • Missiles aim for random points within a 9 meters radius of the thrown object.  
    • A total of 20 missiles are spawned.
    • Each missile has an explosion radius of 3.5 meters.
    • Each missile deals 75 damage to players and 200 damage to structures.
    • Can be found from Floor Loot, Chests, Supply Drops, Vending Machines, and Llamas.
    • Drops in stacks of 1.
    • Max stack size of 2.
    • Legendary variant.

MOBILE

  • The amount of eliminations required for a Victory Royale in the Team Rumble Limited Time Mode has been lowered to 50 from 150 on Switch, Android, and iOS devices.

CREATIVE

WHAT’S NEW?

New Gallery
Sport a new paint job and create off-road courses using Car Gallery B!

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PREFABS & GALLERIES

  • Added 4 New Galleries:
    • Car Gallery B – which has more car color variants
    • Snow & Mud Floor Gallery
    • Grass & Sand Floor Gallery
    • Lava Floor Gallery

SAVE THE WORLD

WHAT’S NEW?

Double Trouble
One Smasher.. Two Smasher.. Invulnerable Smasher…Modified Smasher.

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De-Atomizer 9000
Don’t trust the Atoms! They make up everything!

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MISSIONS + SYSTEMS

  • New Wargames simulation: Double Trouble
  • Take two Golden Smashers with cycling modifiers, make them indestructible, and set them loose on your fort.
  • If that doesn’t sound horrifying enough, their ill temperament switches between attacking Heroes and the fort.
  • A new Wargames simulation means more chances for Event Tickets, a new banner, and more variety to the Daily Wargames Challenges.

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • De-Atomizer 9000 launches into the Weekly Store!
    • Launches an energy projectile that explodes and shoots 15 sub-projectiles out in all directions. Decimates crowds of weak enemies… and buildings!
    • Available from July 10 at 8 PM Eastern Time until July 17 at 8 PM Eastern Time.

GENERAL

KNOWN ISSUES

Wanting to track the top community issues? Head over to our Fortnite | Community Issues Trello board here.


What are your thoughts on the changes introduced in this update? If you had the ability to change just one thing about Fortnite, what would you change and why?

Leak

Fortnite leaks point to in-game comic books coming soon

Comic books are likely heading to Fortnite sooner rather than later – with Thor being the first issue.

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The most recent Fortnite update, v13.40, brought us a ton of leaks that point to what the future of the game will hold. We already covered the 30+ new fish types found in the game files, but they weren’t the only new concept that was included in the patch.

Data miners also found mention of a “ComicReader” in the files. This would, naturally, suggest that readable comic books will be heading to Fortnite in the near future.

We have more than just a line of text, however. Apparently, those who switch accounts on Xbox (and possibly PS4) will be greeted with a glitched cut-scene. Obviously, this is not meant to be in the game, just yet.

We can see where the new comic books will be located in the Battle Pass tab, as well as what will happen when you click on them. What will these comic books hold? Well, we have some clues as to that as well.

Will these comic books be original content? We’re sure that some of them will, but we also have some leaks that point to actual comic books coming to Fortnite. Right now, they appear to be Marvel Comics.

Data miner, Hypex, has been spearheading these leaks. He was able to use the blurry photo of a Fortnite comic book to find out the actual comic that they came from. This one appears to be a Thor comic.

With all of this information available, we’d be surprised if Epic didn’t release comics before Season 4. Likewise, we expect the Season 4 secret Fortnite skin to relate to the in-game comics.

All of this points to Thor being the potential Season 4 secret skin. Fans were already theorizing about this when they saw what Captain America left behind in his release trailer – a glyph that looked strikingly similar to Thor’s glyph from one of his films.

Of course, this is only speculation. For now, all we know for sure is that Epic are planning on adding comics to Fortnite, soon – with Thor likely being the subject of their first issue. As always, we’ll keep you posted when we learn more.

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Esports

Waffles unbanned from Fortnite under threat of legal action

Epic Games unbanned pro player, Waffles, after the CarterPulse agency stepped in.

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Earlier this week, we covered the story of Fortnite pro player, Waffles, who had been banned from Fortnite after encountering a bug in the FNCS. Waffles killed a player who had used the infinite item glitch to receive an unlimited number of Crash Pads.

After the elimination, Waffles noticed massive stack of Crash Pads on the ground. As anyone would, he began to pick them up to investigate. To his dismay, he was unable to drop them and had to finish the game with no weapons or healing items – only an inventory full of Crash Pads.

Despite everything working against him, Waffles managed to finish third in the game. When he went back to the lobby, however, he saw that he was disqualified from the tournament and banned from competitive Fortnite for 30 days.

Despite all of the evidence showing that Waffles didn’t do this on purpose, Epic support told him that they were upholding his ban. That’s where the CarterPulse agency came in. They responded to one of Waffles’ tweets, telling him to reach out to them.

After that, they went to work contacting Epic Games and outlining the fact that Waffles never intentionally broke any of the rules – a condition for a fair ban. What’s more, the Fortnite competitive rules state that any player must play-out a game in which they encounter a bug, giving Waffles no choice in the situation.

A little over a day after CarterPulse got involved, Epic appeared to reverse their decision to ban Waffles. The pro tweeted, “I AM UNBANNED! THANK YOU @CarterPulse.”

According to other tweets by the agency, they stepped into the situation free of charge. “Anything for the community.” they wrote on Twitter.

CarterPulse also clarified that this was a small mistake within a great company. “Just would like everyone to realize that Epic is a great company who makes mistakes like all of us. Happy to have helped @WafflesFN in getting unbanned!” they wrote.

The unbanning comes just in time for the second week of FNCS qualifiers. Waffles will be able to compete in the next qualifying event and, with any luck, will move onto the grand finals.

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Challenges

Send the Coral Buddies to space with this secret Fortnite challenge

Help the Coral Buddies join the astronaut from Craggy Cliffs with this secret Fortnite challenge.

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Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 brought us a list of secret challenges that involve the Coral Buddies. This group seems to be doing a lot better than they were at the beginning of the season, as they’ve now expanded and build a Coral Castle on top of the massive Whirlpool to the north of Sweaty Sands.

Attentive players have already helped bring the Coral Buddies into the Wood and Brick phases of development, but Season 3 Week 8 brought a new challenge to the game: giving them the materials they need to launch a rocket into space.

You can find the group of Coral Buddies where they’ve always been – outside of the lighthouse in the northwest corner of the map. Here’s an old picture of where their island was, but it’s still accurate.

The rocket requirement is only 100 metal, but you’ll need to gather it before hitting the island. There doesn’t appear to be any metal sources around them, which is part of the reason that they need our help to begin with.

The Coral cosmonauts have already started building the base for their rocket. All you have to do is walk up, give them some metal, and watch them finish the project.

Once you give the Coral Buddies what they need, they’ll build their rocket and take off into space – possibly in search of the old Chapter 1 map. Let’s hope they find what they’re looking for.

With this challenge and the crashed spaceship at Craggy Cliffs, Epic are pointing us to the stars. Could this have something to do with the rumored event and Season 4? Only time will tell.

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